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As part of its commitment to provide affordable housing, HUD recognizes that owners of affordable housing have a potential financial risk because of the limitation on security deposits and the need to adhere to waiting list requirements. Therefore, HUD permits owners to be reimbursed for a portion of their financial loss through the special claims process.
Owners may submit a Section 8 Special Claims request for reimbursement of vacancy loss during rent up, vacancy loss after rent up, tenant damages, unpaid tenant rent, and debt service on eligible units.
The Special Claims Processing Guide (effective August 1, 2006) provides the owner with step-by-step instructions and the required forms for submitting special claims.
The owner’s Special Claims Request must be pre-approved by OHFA prior to the owner submitting it with their next monthly voucher. We will review and analyze the owner’s submission documentation and either approve, reject, or adjust the claims in accordance with HUD regulations and guidelines.
OHFA must review and return the executed claims to the owner within 30 days of receipt from the owner. Our written notification will include the approval decision and any explanations for rejection or adjustment of claims.
Refer to the Special Claims Processing Guide FAQs.